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A warm welcome to the University of Southampton Going to university is an adventure. Your son or daughter will be embarking on a more independent life, where they will make new friends, encounter fresh ideas and face new challenges. Your role in guiding and supporting them is vital. This guide describes life at the University of Southampton and also offers practical information on subjects such as the application process, fees and funding, and preparing for university life. We hope you find this guide useful. Please contact us if you would like more information or have any further questions. The University of Southampton is a diverse, vibrant community, spread across six campuses. We have a global reputation for academic excellence and are renowned for our teaching, research, enterprise and innovation. A degree from Southampton will provide a strong foundation for your son or daughterâ€™s future career.
We are dedicated to making all our students feel at home as quickly as possible. If your son or daughter chooses to accept the offer of a place here, you will know that they will be living and learning in a supportive environment, where each individual is valued and where they will be encouraged to fulfil their potential in every way. We hope this guide will provide you with all the information you need to support your son or daughter in the decisions that lie ahead. Whatever choice they make, we wish them well in their future studies.
Professor Debra Humphris Pro-Vice Chancellor, Education
The city skyline at nightfall
Disclaimer This brochure is prepared well in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the information it contains is offered as a guide only. While we make every effort to check the accuracy of the factual content at the time of drafting, some changes will inevitably have occurred in the interval between publication and the start of the relevant academic year. You should therefore not rely solely on this brochure and should contact our Enquiries Offices (see back cover) for up-to-date information concerning course fees, course content and entry requirements for the current academic year. You should also consult our prospectus or go to www.southampton.ac.uk/inf/termsandconditions.html for more specific details of the limits of the Universityâ€™s liability in the event of changes to advertised courses/ programmes and related information.
Teaching and learning
The University of Southampton is internationally renowned for its high standards of teaching and research, and has all the facilities and resources you would expect of one of the UKâ€™s premier universities. In this context of academic excellence, all our students receive individual support in acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to fulfil their potential. Whatever subject your son or daughter decides to study, if they choose the University of Southampton, they will be well equipped to embark on their chosen future career path, whatever that may be. The University of Southampton is ranked in the top 15 research universities by The Sunday Times and is 15th in the The Times Good University Guide 2010. We were one of only 17 universities in the UK to be included in the top 100 in the 2008 World University Rankings published in Times Higher Education. In its most recent review, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which monitors standards of teaching in the UK, assessed our education provision as being of the highest standard. We are also a member of the prestigious Russell Group â€“ an association of 20 research-intensive UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Imperial College London and the London School of Economics.
Teaching Q What teaching methods do you use? A Teaching ranges from laboratory and fieldwork,
exploring real-world problems, to the virtual learning environments of the Internet that are revolutionising the university experience. Lectures provide key information and introduce new ideas, while seminars and tutorials offer more detailed guidance and the opportunity for students to engage in small-group discussions with tutors on specialised subjects.
Q What support will my son or daughter receive? A Your son or daughter will be allocated their own
personal tutor, who will be on hand throughout their degree course to provide support and advice on both academic and personal issues. Personal tutors can help with most day-to-day matters, and will refer students to the relevant University support service if specialised information or help is required. Personal tutors get to know their students well and often act as referees for job applications.
For further details of student support services, see pages 22-25.
By choosing Southampton, your son or daughter will be well-equipped to embark on their chosen future career path
Learning resources Q What facilities are available? A Students at the University of Southampton
benefit from world-class facilities and resources. A rolling programme of development and improvement across the University, involving a massive investment of over £200 million over four years, will ensure that we remain one of the best learning environments in the UK.
Libraries Our six libraries house a total of 2.6 million books, journals and reports, and we continue to add resources and develop services in response to the University’s teaching and research needs. We have recently invested £12 million in the Hartley Library, based at Highfield Campus, providing a new, state-of-the-art learning centre with high-speed Internet access, seminar rooms and a language study area. Specialist facilities include medical and biological libraries at Southampton General Hospital, an art and design library at Winchester School of Art, and the most extensive collection of oceanographic literature in the UK at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Computing facilities We have about 1,700 computer workstations, running up-to-date operating systems and course software selected by the individual academic Schools. There are network points for laptops and wireless Internet access areas across all our campuses, and an Internet connection in every room in our Southampton halls of residence. A wide range of specialist electronic resources to support students with disabilities is also available. In addition, every course has a ‘Blackboard’ account, an Internet-based learning tool, which provides course materials and allows students to submit work electronically, interact via discussion boards, keep track of their marks and see how they are performing compared to their peers.
Centre for Language Study With almost 20 languages on offer, which can be taken as part of a degree programme or as a part-time course, the Centre for Language Study is an invaluable resource for all students. The Centre also offers lunchtime language taster sessions, a language advisory service and English language support classes for international students. Our online learning resources and Language Resource Centre at the Avenue Campus benefit from the latest multimedia technologies.
After graduation Q What are the opportunities after graduation? A Academic achievement opens the door to
a wealth of opportunities, but in today’s competitive global employment market, recruiters are looking for more than just qualifications. At the heart of all our degree programmes is an emphasis on key transferable skills, such as independent learning, teamwork, communication and problem solving – all highly valued by prospective employers. Of course, many of our students choose to continue their academic careers, and our worldwide reputation for teaching and research excellence provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study, with a wide range of master’s and doctoral programmes available.
Our students benefit from world-class facilities and resources
Q What careers advice does the University provide? A The Careers Service provides wide-ranging
support to all students, throughout their time at the University and beyond. Your son or daughter will benefit from one-to-one guidance, a comprehensive careers information centre and an extensive programme of talks, workshops and employer presentations. The Service also runs a networking website where current and former students can communicate. Southampton graduates may continue to use the Careers Service for up to three years after graduation. In addition, all graduates automatically become members of our global alumni community of more than 160,000 members in 172 countries, which provides a wealth of networking opportunities. Our alumni include Sir John Stevens, former head of the Metropolitan Police and now International Security Advisor to the Prime Minister; Paul Vickers, Executive Director of Trinity Mirror; the actor John Nettles, best known for playing the main roles in Bergerac and Midsomer Murders; and Stephen Deuchar, Director of Tate Britain.
Key facts The University of Southampton was awarded the highest level of achievement for its educational standards by the QAA. We are ranked in the top 15 UK research universities by The Times and we were in the top 100 in the 2008 World University Rankings published in Times Higher Education. Of our 2008 graduates living in the UK, 91 per cent were employed or undertaking further study six months after graduating. Find out more www.southampton.ac.uk/about/ academicschools links to all academic Schools www.southampton.ac.uk/about/ teachinglearning details of the latest assessment by the QAA, which monitors standards of teaching in UK higher education, with ratings for individual subjects www.southampton.ac.uk/rae details of the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which measures the quality of research in UK universities and colleges, with ratings for each academic school www.southampton.ac.uk/postgraduate information about postgraduate study opportunities at the University of Southampton
With around 5,200 rooms in 20 halls of residence, the University of Southampton is one of the 10 largest university providers of student accommodation in the UK, offering a safe, secure and professionally managed living environment for students. a single bed, a desk and chair, storage space (including a wardrobe), shelves, a noticeboard and curtains. Students can request rooms with or without washbasins or en-suite facilities. All rooms in Southampton halls have a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone with an individual number, voicemail and free internal calls. In addition, we advertise more than 2,000 rooms in All rooms in our Winchester hall have their own private rented accommodation in accredited properties telephone and Internet connection, and Winchester in the Southampton and Winchester areas, and offer free School of Art has a large number of computers with and confidential advice covering all aspects of housing. Internet access. University accommodation provides good value for money, and we continually improve and update our halls in order to meet the varied and changing needs of our students. There is easy access from halls to all campuses on foot, by bike and, in Southampton, via uni-link, the University bus service.
Q Will my son or daughter be guaranteed
a place in halls?
ll first-year students are guaranteed a place in A halls providing they meet certain conditions* (please see box on page 11). Most students move into private rented accommodation with friends in their second and subsequent years. We are one of the few UK universities to guarantee accommodation to all non-EU international students for the duration of their course** (please see box on page 11). Once your son or daughter receives a letter offering them a place to study at Southampton, they can apply for a room in halls online.
Q What are the rooms like? A Most of our undergraduate students live in single Life in halls of residence offers convenience for studying and socialising
study bedrooms, all of which are furnished with
Depending on the type of room, bathrooms and kitchens are shared, many by no more than 7 students and some by 8 to 20. In all halls, each student has their own kitchen locker to store their cooking utensils. We offer a range of specially adapted accommodation for students with disabilities, and work closely with the Universityâ€™s Enabling Services to develop these facilities. Accommodation in halls is available throughout the year, although a standard let runs from September to 1 July, with most students able to leave their belongings in their rooms through the Christmas and Easter vacations. Catering is provided during term-time only. For further information on individual halls, please refer to our website or contact the Accommodation Service (contact details on page 11).
Q How much does accommodation cost? A Depending on the type of room, hall fees range from about £65 per week for a room without a washbasin in self-catered facilities to about £145 per week for an en-suite room in catered accommodation. This includes all utility bills,† Internet connection, membership of the Junior Common Room (JCR) social club and unlimited use of a uni-link bus pass for Southampton halls.
Fees are reviewed annually and published on our website by 1 June for the following academic year. No deposit is payable for first-year undergraduates living in halls. Payment for hall fees is by direct debit or recurring card payment in three installments, with the first payment normally due in October. †† Your son or daughter will need insurance for their personal belongings. Some insurers provide special policies for students living in halls, which can cost as little as £25 per year. Students wishing to bring their own television with them will need a TV licence. However, we advise that they should wait until they arrive before buying one as we can’t guarantee TV reception and not all rooms have an external antennae point. No council tax is payable. However, students need to provide evidence of their student status to the council, otherwise they will be asked to pay council tax.
Q What facilities are available in halls? A There is a launderette at every hall of residence,
and extensive, secure bicycle storage at all halls except Gateley and Erasmus Park. All halls have open-access PC workstations and some have dedicated computer rooms. Every hall has its own JCR committee that organises social events throughout the year. Other facilities vary between halls, but include shop, restaurant, bar and sports facilities, music rooms, social areas and TV rooms. Kitchens in self-catered halls are very well equipped; all have fridges and microwaves (students are not permitted to bring their own).
If your son or daughter applies to live in halls, they will be sent details of what they need to bring with them when they accept their offer of accommodation. Briefly, they will need bedding, towels, saucepans, a kettle, a toaster, plates, cutlery, mugs, glasses, and washing-up and general cleaning materials. All students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Wardens The Wardenal Service comprises staff and students who can point students in the right direction for any help they may need. Wardens ensure that students abide by hall regulations, in a social, study-conducive environment, and do not breach health and safety rules. A rota system provides out-of-hours cover. They are not trained to deal with health or emergency situations, and will contact the appropriate services in such circumstances.
Q What if my son or daughter wants to rent
A The University is a core partner in the Southampton
Accreditation Scheme for Student Housing (SASSH) programme, in conjunction with Southampton City Council and Southampton Solent University. SASSH produces a list of current vacancies in the private rented sector exclusive to students, and only advertises properties that meet safety standards. If your son or daughter accepts the offer of a place at Southampton, they will have access to this list, which includes more than 2,000 rooms in the Southampton and Winchester areas.
Typical weekly rent in a shared house is approximately £60, excluding utility bills, which can average around £10 to £15 per week. If all the tenants are full-time students, no council tax is payable. Your son or daughter will need insurance for their personal belongings, although it is sometimes possible to extend your own policy to cover this. The Students’ Union Advice and Information Centre can provide further details.
Meals Q What sort of food is available in halls? A Around 15 per cent of our accommodation is catered, with breakfast and lunch or evening meals provided throughout the week and some meals at weekends. A wide range of freshly prepared hot and cold food is available, ranging from sandwiches and salads to pizza and roasts. There are vegetarian options every night, as well as international and halal food. Most dietary needs can be catered for by prior arrangement. Some halls provide a takeaway service and some offer meals on a pay-as-you-go basis, which are available to both catered and self-catered students.
Q What are the options in self-catered
or private accommodation?
A Cafés and restaurants across all our campuses
provide food and drink throughout the day, including breakfast and lunch, with a wide range of healthy and organic options. There is a fruit and vegetable market on the main campus every Monday during term-time and a well-stocked Students’ Union shop, which sells groceries and a range of chilled and frozen food. There are supermarkets within walking distance of all our campuses.
Safety Q How safe is student accommodation? A We are committed to ensuring the safety of our
students at all times. Halls of residence are situated in or near residential areas, are well lit and equipped with a range of security systems. Security staff and resident wardens are on call to hall sites throughout the night.
For more information on issues related to the health, welfare and safety of students, please see page 23.
Key facts All first-year students are guaranteed an offer of a place in halls* and all non-EU international students have the same guarantee for the full duration of their course.** A university bus service, uni-link, is free to all students in Southampton halls. Find out more www.southampton.ac.uk/accommodation or call the Accommodation Service on +44 (0)23 8059 5959 for details of accommodation options and fees and information about renting in the private sector www.southampton.ac.uk/accommodation/ apply/index.html details on how to apply for accommodation online www.info.susu.org (the Students’ Union Advice and Information Centre) information and advice on a range of issues, including housing www.catering.soton.ac.uk details, menus and prices for catering in halls and across campuses www.southampton.ac.uk/visit details of open days and campus tours * Providing they make us their first choice, apply by the deadline of 1 August in the year in which their studies begin, are unaccompanied and normally live outside Southampton ** Providing they apply by the published deadline in each academic year † Some halls require electricity top-up cards; the rent is reduced to reflect this †† For students with a standard let contract
There are plenty of green spaces on and around campus for students to take a break from their studies
The University has six lively and diverse campuses, five in Southampton and one in Winchester. Wherever your son or daughter decides to study, an impressive range of educational, sporting and social facilities will be within easy reach. Our superb recreational facilities include a state-of-the-art sports centre, outdoor sports complex, University Boat Hard, and world-class theatres, concert halls and galleries. Sport and recreation
Q What entertainment is on offer?
Q What sports facilities are available?
A The Nuffield Theatre, situated on the
A Students can purchase a membership card for
just £95 per year which gives them access to our impressive range of sports facilities. The state-ofthe-art, £8.5 million Jubilee Sports Centre on the Highfield Campus includes a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 160 fitness stations, and a sports hall for badminton, netball, volleyball and basketball. We also have indoor facilities for climbing, squash, martial arts, dance, five-a-side football, cricket, handball, Frisbee and roller hockey.
Three miles from the Highfield Campus, our outdoor sports complex includes tennis courts, a sand-based artificial hockey pitch and a rubbercrumb football pitch, all with floodlighting. There are training grids and numerous grass pitches for winter and summer sports and we have our own Boat Hard, situated on the River Itchen. We offer a superb range of water sports for people of all abilities, from complete beginners to Olympic competitors and British University Sports Association champions.
Highfield Campus, stages world-class theatre, from contemporary classics to new writing, and is host to the finest international touring companies, top stand-up comedians, political figures and children’s shows. Also at Highfield are the Turner Sims Concert Hall, which presents a renowned programme of classical, folk, jazz and world music, and the John Hansard Gallery, which enjoys a worldwide reputation for exhibitions by leading UK and international artists.
There are ample opportunities for students to get involved in the performing arts and many other cultural activities through the University’s clubs and societies.
Through their studies and social activities, students soon make new friends
Q What is the role of the Students’ Union? A Run by students, for students, the Students’ Union
has a varied role to play. It lobbies the government and the University administration on issues that are important to the student body; provides valuable guidance and support through the Students’ Union Advice and Information Centre and Nightline; and organises an annual programme of events and activities. All students automatically become members when they join the University.
The Students’ Union funds more than 200 clubs and societies, including 25 dedicated international societies. There is something for everyone – from snowboarding and mountain biking to photography and philosophy. It has its own newspaper, Wessex Scene, Surge radio station and susu.tv, all providing great media opportunities for students. The main Students’ Union complex hosts four bars, a café, nightclub, minimart, travel centre, cinema, campus market (with fruit and vegetables), hair and beauty salon and cash machines. There are also Students’ Union facilities at the University’s Winchester campus, including a bar, an advice and information centre, several sports and other societies.
Q How easy is it to get around? A All campus facilities are within easy reach of our
halls of residence, on foot or by bike, and the five campuses in Southampton are linked to all halls and the city centre by the uni-link bus service. Buses offer a safe and convenient way to travel, with up to seven buses an hour throughout the day. Students living in Southampton halls of residence have unlimited use of the service included in their accommodation fees. Other students can purchase an annual pass for £240.
Southampton has an extensive, 18-mile (29km) cycle route network, and there are 47 lockable bike stores across campus. Most uni-link buses also allow bicycles on board (space permitting). Our Winchester campus is based 12 miles (19km) north of Southampton, with regular bus and train services between the two cities, including a night bus running every hour between midnight and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Students at Winchester School of Art enjoy a full range of campus facilities on site.
Q Where can my son and daughter go for
information and advice?
A The Student Services Centre on the Highfield
Campus is often the first port of call for general student queries. This purpose-built centre is staffed by friendly, trained advisers, who can give advice on fees, accommodation and admissions. There is a referral service for students requiring specialist advice. There is also a Student Services Office within each academic School. All students have a personal tutor, who can help with most day-to-day matters.
The Students’ Union Advice and Information Centre offers free, independent, confidential advice on matters such as loans, benefits, money, debt, immigration, visas, housing rights, legal issues and personal matters. The Centre also has staff dedicated to supporting international students. All our students have access to the Student Resources Network, an online support service for students, providing information around the clock on study support, personal development, study administration, student life, leisure and travel, and general information (see also ‘Health, welfare and safety’ on pages 22-25).
Key facts Six vibrant campus communities provide a superb range of academic, sporting and social facilities. A state-of-the-art £8.5 million sports complex on the main campus includes a swimming pool and gym with 160 fitness stations. More than 200 clubs and societies offer something for everyone. Find out more www.southampton.ac.uk/visit information about visiting the University to see the range of facilities on offer www.sportrec.soton.ac.uk information about sports facilities www.southampton.ac.uk/arts&ents information about arts and entertainment at the University and in the surrounding area
How much will it cost?
A variety of financial support is available for UK students, from both central government and the University of Southampton itself. We are determined that no student should be deterred from higher education because of the costs involved, and we offer a range of scholarships, bursaries and other funding to ensure that financial support is available for those who need it throughout their course of study. The Students’ Union Advice and Information Centre provides a wealth of information and guidance on financial matters and offers all University of Southampton students free, independent and confidential advice. Please note that figures quoted below are for 2009/10 entry and may be subject to change.
Fees and living costs Q How much are tuition fees and when do they have
to be paid?
A Full-time UK and EU students
Tuition fees for all full-time UK and EU students at the University of Southampton are £3,225 per year. These fees do not have to be paid up front, however, and can be covered in full by a Tuition Fee Loan. This loan only needs to be repaid after graduation when your son or daughter is earning more than £15,000 a year. Students who take out a Tuition Fee Loan will have their tuition fees paid directly to the University on their behalf by Student Finance England (see page 21).
Our students have access to a wealth of information and guidance on financial matters
Students undertaking the following programmes are currently exempt from tuition fees: – occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry (paid for by the Department of Health) – audiology, nursing and midwifery (paid for by the NHS) – health and social care (paid for by the Workforce Development Confederation)
Part-time UK and EU students Fees for part-time undergraduate programmes start at £785.
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man Different fees apply for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, ranging from £6,490 to £23,332 for entry in 2009. These are set by the relevant governments, usually in the spring of each year. International students International students have a separate fee structure. For entry in 2009, fees are: – £9,660 for programmes in arts, humanities, law and social sciences and the School of Mathematics – £12,360 for engineering, science, years one and two of medicine, and health and life sciences programmes – £22,240 for clinical years in the School of Medicine Fees for all students are payable in two installments, at the start of each semester (October and February). There is a 2 per cent discount on fees paid in full at the beginning of October. We offer a secure online facility for payments. If your son or daughter is studying at an international school overseas and they are unsure of their tuition fee status, they can contact the Student Services Centre on +44 (0)23 8059 9599 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q Are there any other course-related costs to take
A Whatever programme your son or daughter
chooses, there will be some additional expenses. Depending on their course, these might include books, photocopying, printing, art materials, studio fees or field trips. It is a good idea to budget for such items from the outset. Bear in mind that students only need to purchase core texts from their reading lists where they feel they would benefit from having their own copy of a particular book. With 2.6 million books, journals and reports in our six libraries, and regular second-hand book sales on campus, most texts can be bought cheaply or borrowed.
Individual academic schools can provide more information on specific programme costs.
Q How much should we allow for living expenses? A The table below provides an example of typical
living costs for a full-time first-year undergraduate in a catered hall of residence, in a standard study bedroom with washbasin, in 2009.
In addition, students will need to budget for personal expenditure such as social activities, clothing, telephone bills and travel costs. A Young Person’s Railcard costs £24 a year (2009) and saves one-third on most rail fares in Britain. A student card offers a range of discounts on clothes, books, stationery, food and social activities.
Q Are there opportunities for part-time work during
A Many students work part-time during term-time,
as well as during vacation periods. The Careers Service provides advice and has an online list of vacancies. The University also runs a ‘Temp Bank’ service, offering part-time work to students across the University in, for example, the Students’ Union, libraries and University offices. Taking part-time work during term-time does not affect students’ entitlement to a student loan.
International students should check their passport to see if they have any restrictions on working during their studies. If there are no restrictions, international students can work up to 20 hours per week during term-time.
Details of accommodation costs in halls of residence and private rented accommodation are given on pages 8-11.
Item Cost Accommodation £4,520 Food (in addition to breakfast and dinner, which are included in accommodation cost) £1,400 Utility bills and Internet connection (included) Local transport (unlimited use of uni-link bus service) (included) Council tax (not applicable) Insurance £25 Laundry £120 Sport and recreation (membership for unlimited use of University facilities) £95 Total cost £6,160
Loans and grants Q What student loans are available and how can my
son or daughter apply for these?
A Student loans are issued by Student Finance
England, on behalf of the government, to UK students. These are not commercial loans. The interest charged is linked to the inflation rate, so the amount to be repaid is the same in real terms as the amount borrowed. Student loans are added together and are repayable once the student has left university and is earning at least £15,000, with payments calculated at 9 per cent of income over £15,000.
All full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are entitled to the Tuition Fee Loan, which covers the full cost of tuition fees (£3,225, as detailed on page 21). This loan is not dependent on financial circumstances. In addition, UK students can apply for the Student Loan for Maintenance to help with living costs. All students are entitled to a minimum of 72 per cent of this loan, regardless of household income. The remaining 25 per cent is income-assessed. The minimum (72 per cent) is £3,564 of a maintenance loan but this could be up to £4,950 as a total loan depending on the amount of maintenance grant awarded. Application for both loans can be made on the same form, from March in the year in which your son or daughter will begin their course. You can download the form (see page 21) or obtain one from your local authority.
Q What other government funding is available? A The government’s non-repayable Maintenance
Grant is available to UK students from households with incomes of £50,020 or less (2009/10) for help with living costs. The full grant is £2,906, but partial grants are available on a sliding scale, depending on household income. All students on programmes charging the full tuition fee who are awarded the full Maintenance Grant are also eligible for a non-repayable bursary from the University of Southampton.
Students receiving income-related benefits (such as income support or housing benefit) while studying will receive the Special Support Grant instead of the Maintenance Grant. Again, this is not repayable. Students in receipt of the Special Support Grant are able to borrow the full amount of the Student Loan for Maintenance. Additional grants and allowances are available to UK students who have dependants, who are single parents or who have a disability.
Scholarships and bursaries Q What are bursaries and how can my son
or daughter apply ?
A The University of Southampton offers a range
of bursaries, designed to help UK undergraduate students who are in most financial need. Bursaries are non-repayable.
University of Southampton UK Bursary If your household income is £35,000 or less, your son or daughter may be eligible for the University of Southampton UK Bursary. The UK Bursary is £1,200 for students who come from a household with a total income of £25,000 or less, and £600 for students whose household income is between £25,001 and £35,000 (entry in 2009). The UK Bursary is payable in every year of eligibility. Your son or daughter does not need to apply, as eligibility is determined by the income assessment carried out for statutory funding purposes. Only students who are liable to pay full tuition fees are eligible for the UK Bursary. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Bursary If your home address has a Hampshire postcode, and your total household income is below £35,000, your son or daughter may be entitled to a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Bursary. For more details, please contact Financial Information and Assistance on 023 8059 3287 or email email@example.com
NHS Bursary NHS-funded students are generally eligible for an NHS Bursary, which is not repayable. NHS-funded students who are undertaking a degree course, rather than a diploma, may also apply for a small Student Loan for Maintenance. This is non-means tested and is set at a lower level than the Maintenance Loan awarded to students who are liable to pay full tuition fees.
Finances at a glance
Access to Learning Fund The University of Southampton’s Financial Information and Assistance Team administers the Access to Learning Fund, which offers limited help to those who experience a significant change in circumstances while at university. The Access to Learning Fund has strict guidelines and should not be relied on as a source of income.
Loans: – Tuition Fee Loan: covers full cost of tuition fees for UK and EU students – Student Loan for Maintenance: up to £4,950 to help with living costs
Q What scholarships are offered by the University
and how are these awarded?
A The University of Southampton is committed to
recognising and rewarding academic excellence in all subject areas. We offer a variety of entrance and progression scholarships based on academic achievement – either pre-university qualifications or results obtained during the university academic year. Scholarships are non-repayable.
Annual awards of up to £3,000 are offered by individual academic schools. Your son or daughter does not need to apply for a scholarship. Entrance scholarships are awarded on the basis of application and qualifications. Students in receipt of a UK Bursary are also eligible to be considered for a scholarship. A number of scholarships are also offered to international students across many subject areas.
Fees: – £3,225 for full-time UK/EU students. Covered in full by Student Loan for Fees – Occupational therapy, social care, physiotherapy, podiatry, nursing and midwifery are exempt from fees – Fees vary for students from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and from outside the EU
Grants: – Maintenance Grant: up to £2,906 for UK students with household income of £50,020 or less – Additional grants and allowances for UK students receiving income-related benefits, have dependants, are single parents or have a disability Bursaries: – University of Southampton UK Bursary for UK students with household income of £35,000 or less – NHS Bursary for NHS-funded students Scholarships: – Range of University of Southampton scholarships for UK and international students Note: The above information is for 2009 entry and may be subject to change.
Find out more www.southampton.ac.uk/study/ feesandfunding information on fees, scholarships and bursaries, accommodation and living costs, and general financial advice www.southampton.ac.uk/intscholarships details of scholarships for international students www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance or www.studentfinanceengland.co.uk information about student finance, with application forms for student loans www.skill.org.uk information about benefits and support from Skill, the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
We recognise and reward academic excellence in all subject areas
www.nhsstudentgrants.co.uk information and forms for NHS student bursaries
Health, welfare and safety
When students join the University of Southampton it becomes their home. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the environment in which they live and learn is a safe, secure and healthy one, providing equality of opportunity for all, free from harassment and discrimination. We offer a wide range of services to ensure that students are supported both personally and academically throughout their time at Southampton. Health and welfare Q What happens if my son or daughter is ill? A All students joining the University should register
with a doctor at a general medical practice in Southampton as soon as possible. There are two practices on the Highfield Campus – University Health Service and Highfield Health – and a number of other local practices in Southampton and Winchester. There is also a dental surgery on the Highfield Campus.
Students should bring with them evidence of all immunisations and vaccinations from the last five years, as well as their NHS Medical Card. We recommend that all students should be immunised against meningitis C and receive two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination before arriving. If this is not possible, your son or daughter will be offered these vaccinations on registering with a GP in Southampton.
Q What should I do if I have concerns about my
son or daughter’s wellbeing?
A If you have concerns about your son or daughter’s physical or mental wellbeing while they are here, you should contact our Student Wellbeing Team. The team also provides immediate, confidential support to students who have been affected emotionally or psychologically by an incident.
In the event of an emergency, you can contact the Security Control Room, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on +44 (0)23 8059 3311. If Security staff are made aware of any incident that could require follow-up support, they will refer the student to the Wellbeing Team, and the response and support will be immediate. If your son or daughter is ever concerned about their personal safety, they should call Security immediately (if possible, students should store the phone number in their mobile phone).
Students enjoy a safe, secure and healthy environment
Q What support is available if my son or daughter is
finding it difficult to cope?
A From the moment a student arrives at
Southampton, they can access a range of support services. Every student has their own personal tutor, who will offer support and advice on academic and personal matters, and will refer students to the appropriate University support service if specialist help is necessary. Students can also refer themselves to these services.
Counselling and support The University Counselling Service is a confidential service which provides professionally qualified, experienced counsellors to help students with a wide range of academic and personal difficulties. Special sessions are organised to help newly arrived international students make a smooth transition to the University.
International students The International Office is the central coordination point for prospective and current students from overseas. It works to make the process of joining the University as straightforward as possible, and helps to guide and support students once they are here. We provide a ‘Meet and greet’ service from London Heathrow Airport and an International Student Welcome Programme to help new students settle in to life at the University before their first term begins. The University’s Centre for Language Study also offers a range of dedicated language courses for international students, free of charge, regardless of whether English language modules form part of their degree programme.
Safety Q How do you ensure student safety? A Southampton is recognised as a safe place to live,
study and work, and the University of Southampton is committed to student safety at all times. The highest standards of safety are in place across all University facilities, and we work closely with the police force, Southampton City Council and other partners to continually promote and reinforce student safety messages.
In addition, the Students’ Union runs Nightline, a confidential listening and information service, from 8pm to 8am during term-time. Staffed by fully trained student volunteers, Nightline offers emotional support and a listening ear throughout the night. Spiritual care The University’s Chaplaincy Centre provides friendship, care and spiritual guidance to all students and welcomes all members of the University – of any faith or none. There are three chaplains (Anglican, Free Church and Roman Catholic), and there is a separate Muslim prayer room with washing facilities on campus. The Centre is open every weekday during term-time for regular services and private prayer, with the chaplains always available to provide pastoral care and counsel, or simply to chat.
Halls All paths and walkways on hall sites are well lit and all hall buildings have at least two levels of door security, with most outer doors fitted with coded keypads or card entry systems. The corridors are fitted with key-operated night latches, which lock automatically as the door closes, and all individual study bedrooms are fitted with key-operated roller bolts. All halls of residence have a fire alarm system. Most study bedrooms and all communal areas are fitted with ‘sounders’ or smoke alarms, and each corridor has fire extinguishers or fire hoses with a fire blanket. A powder-filled fire extinguisher is fitted in all kitchens. Security staff are on call to all halls throughout the night and our Wardenal Service (see page 10) provides out-of-hours cover.
Rented accommodation The Accommodation Service at the Student Services Centre also provides detailed information and advice about safety and security in private rented accommodation. Transport The University’s bus service, uni-link, provides a safe, frequent service between Southampton campuses, halls of residence and the city centre, seven days a week, from 5.30am to 11.45pm. A night bus service runs from midnight to 3am between entertainment venues and most Southampton halls (every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday) and between Southampton and Winchester (every hour, Friday and Saturday).
– Wessex Assessment Centre is an accredited centre providing specialist study needs assessments. If you have a disability or specific learning difficulties and are eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances, these allowances help with the cost of specialist equipment, personal helpers, travel and other course-related expenses. – The Assistive Technology Service is available for students with specific learning difficulties or disabilities. It provides quiet study environments, equipped with a range of enabling technology. Staff are on hand to offer advice and help with the use of software and locating books and journals, as well as providing access to the library’s laptop loan service.
During term-time, the Students’ Union also operates a safety bus from the Highfield Campus, which takes any students home, either to their hall or their house, after a night out at a Students’ Union event.
Students with a disability We provide a range of specialist support services for students with specific disabilities or learning differences. Access to many of these resources is available online through the Student Resources Network. We are happy to discuss individual student support needs and to arrange visits for prospective students. – Enabling Services provides support for applicants and current students with a wide range of disabilities, mental health difficulties and health conditions. The support begins with the student’s first enquiry and may extend beyond graduation. Support may cover academic activities, personal assistance, additional exam arrangements and financial matters. The mentoring service helps students manage their course while also coping with illness, mental distress, disability or the effects of a traumatic event. – Dyslexia Services offers advice and support to students with dyslexia and other learning differences, such as dyspraxia. Support is provided through specialised academic study skills tuition. If your son or daughter would like to find out whether they may be dyslexic, assessments can be provided.
Key facts Dedicated, professional student support services are available to all students from pre-application to graduation. Every student is allocated a personal tutor, who can offer support and guidance on academic and personal matters. Frequent, reliable, University-run transport services are available day and night, seven days a week. Find out more www.southampton.ac.uk/studentsupport details of student support services www.southampton.ac.uk/international detailed information and guidance for international students www.southampton.ac.uk/study/ studentservices/ healthandsupport.html information about health care and counselling support www.southampton.ac.uk/studentsupport/ wellbeing.html help and advice for anyone with concerns about the physical or mental wellbeing of a member of the student community
How do I find out more? If your son or daughter is considering the University of Southampton, you are all welcome to visit the University on one of our open days or to take a campus tour. These provide an opportunity to see our superb range of facilities and to speak to students and staff about what we have to offer. If you are unable to attend any of our organised events, it is possible to arrange independent visits to academic schools. Alternatively, you might like to visit a higher education fair and meet University representatives. We attend many fairs throughout the year, in the UK and around the world. Please note that booking your place for an open day or campus tour is essential, as these are extremely popular. Open days We hold undergraduate open days in the summer and autumn each year, providing a real taste of what life is like at the University of Southampton. You will be able to look round our campuses and halls of residence, tour our facilities and attend a wide range of general and subject-specific events. Staff and students will be on hand to provide information about university life and to answer any questions you might have. In addition, some individual academic schools (including Winchester School of Art) hold subject-specific open days, inviting prospective students to meet staff and view the facilities on offer.
Campus tours We run a programme of campus tours throughout the year, with current students guiding small groups around the Highfield Campus and a hall of residence. You will be able to visit the Hartley Library, the Jubilee Sports Centre and the Studentsâ€™ Union, and your tour guide will be able to answer any questions you have about university life and the facilities available. The International Office is able to organise campus tours for international students at any time of year. Higher education fairs The University of Southampton attends most of the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) fairs across England and Wales throughout the year. We also take part in many fairs organised independently by colleges and schools. In addition, staff from our International Office make numerous trips overseas, often attending education exhibitions organised by the British Council.
Find out more Details of University of Southampton open days are available online from April each year.
www.southampton.ac.uk/visit details of open days, campus tours and independent visits www.southampton.ac.uk/international full details of locations and timings of our overseas visits, as well as information about applying, scholarships, visas and courses www.ucas.com/getting/events/index.html information about UCAS events, including higher education conventions
Our purpose-built Student Services Centre is often the first port of call for students needing advice and support
How does the application process work? To achieve a place at any university or college in the UK, your son or daughter will have to apply to UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), which is the central organisation that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges. All applications have to be made online. Details of courses that require a direct application to the University of Southampton are available on our website (see ‘Find out more’, opposite). Application process Your son or daughter will have a maximum of five choices available (including subject and location) for entry to university. The standard application fee is £5 for a single choice and £15 for multiple choices. Each university will only see its own application; they will not be able to see the other choices your son or daughter has made. Each institution has its own code name and number in the UCAS system, which your son or daughter will need to note on their application. Our code name is SOTON and our number is S27. In addition, each course has its own code, and there are more than 50,000 in the system, so it is vital that these details are correct.
The closing dates for applications to UCAS are as follows: – 1 5 October (in the year prior to entry) for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science (only medicine is offered at Southampton) – 1 5 January (in the year of entry) for all other applications (apart from art and design, Route B) – 2 4 March (in the year of entry) for art and design, Route B – 3 0 June (in the year of entry) for international applications other than medicine Refer to UCAS for details of art and design, Route B, as the application process is slightly different.
Personal statement The personal statement is a crucial part of an application, especially in cases where candidates may not be interviewed. This allows students to explain why they are applying and what makes them suitable for the particular course they have chosen. It is your son or daughter’s only opportunity to personalise their application. They should take time and care over it, make it as interesting as possible, and include information about any extracurricular activities that will contribute to the course and to university life. Submitting the UCAS form Once they have completed their UCAS application, they should check it very carefully to ensure that it is accurate and complete. Many students find it helpful to get feedback from family and friends about their application, especially their personal statement. When they are entirely happy, the form should be submitted through their school, college or agent (for international students), along with a reference and the appropriate application fee. Once they receive the application, UCAS will send out a welcome letter to your son or daughter, confirming that the application has been processed. A copy of the application will be sent to each of the university choices made, who will then decide whether or not to make an offer. This usually takes about six weeks. The universities will send their decisions to UCAS, and UCAS will inform your son or daughter as each decision is made. Your son or daughter will then be able to decide which offers to accept. Offers can be either conditional on exam results or unconditional (most offers are likely to be conditional). Conditional and unconditional offers If the offers made are conditional on your son or daughter obtaining certain grades or points, two of these offers may be accepted – a ‘firm’ acceptance to the institution where your son or daughter really wants to go, and an ‘insurance’ acceptance should they not meet the requirements of their first choice.
Exam results After exam results are published in August, if your son or daughter achieves the grades required for their conditional offers, their place will be confirmed automatically by UCAS. In the event that they have not met the required grades, they should contact their first-choice university to see if their offer is still valid. If not, they should contact their insurance choice. If neither their first-choice nor their insurance choice universities offer them a place, your son or daughter should enter the UCAS clearing system, which attempts to match students with available places (these can be viewed on the UCAS website). Your son or daughter should also contact the universities they are interested in directly to see if they are able to offer them a place.
Find out more www.southampton.ac.uk/undergrad and click on ‘Apply’ or call Registry Services on +44 (0)23 8059 4732 for information on the application process and admissions policy www.ucas.com/parents/process/index.html full details of the UCAS application process, designed specifically for parents, with some helpful hints www.educationuk.org information and advice from the British Council for international students
If unconditional offers are made, your son or daughter may accept only one of these, although a conditional offer can be accepted as a firm choice, with an unconditional offer as an insurance acceptance. They will have at least four weeks to make their choice.
Preparing for university life
For most students, this will be the first time they have lived away from home. At the University of Southampton, we do everything we can to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible, providing information and support every step of the way. Once your son or daughter receives an offer of a place, they will be sent detailed information about their course, accommodation, fees, enrolment, and all the facilities and services available to support them throughout their time here. There are a number of practical things that you can do to help your son or daughter prepare for their new life.
5 If they have chosen to live in halls, they will receive
1 Advise them to open a student bank account
and prepare a sensible budget to cover fees, accommodation, study and living costs.
2 Make sure that insurance is in place to cover personal belongings while they are here. Some parental home insurance can cover students in halls for free in the first year.
3 If they are planning to take their own television to
university, they will need a TV licence. However, we advise that they should wait until they arrive before buying one as we canâ€™t guarantee TV reception and not all rooms have an external antennae point.
4 If your son or daughter is a UK citizen, it may be the
first year that they are eligible to vote. They will need to register at home or at their term-time address in order to receive the appropriate voting information.
instructions about arrangements, including the documentation they need to bring with them, and parking and unloading facilities on the day.
6 If they have chosen to live in private rented
accommodation, they may need to make their own arrangements for phone and Internet. A mobile phone is useful, for communication and for personal safety. All our students are given their own email address. If you have Internet access and an email address, this is a great way to stay in touch.
7 If they will be using the rail network regularly, a
Young Personâ€™s Railcard (ÂŁ24 in 2009) provides a discount of one-third on most rail travel in Britain.
8 Your son or daughter should review all the
information provided by the University. They need to be aware of key dates and ensure that they have completed any necessary course preparation, such as reading and purchasing books and other resources.
Students get the most out of their experience at university if they are prepared
9 If they have chosen to live in halls, they will be sent
details of what they need to bring with them when they accept their offer of accommodation (see pages 8-11). Key items that all students find useful include a mobile phone, an alarm clock, contact phone numbers, passport photos, ID, a map of Southampton, rail and bus routes and timetables, a tin opener, and initial food supplies such as tea, coffee and biscuits always help to break the ice in the first few days.
10 International students should limit their luggage to
Freshers’ Week During their first week here, your son or daughter will be settling into their new home and preparing for their course, as well as enjoying the whirlwind of activity that is Freshers’ Week. Organised by the Students’ Union, Freshers’ Week hosts numerous events, with opportunities to meet new people, socialise and sign up to some of the many clubs and societies. The University of Southampton’s Students’ Union provides new students with information and advice about getting the most out of Freshers’ Week without putting their health, finances or studies at risk.
two suitcases and should not bring any food items with them. They need to remember to pack in their hand luggage original copies of transcripts and certificates, details of any medication they need, along with their medical history, and all paperwork received from the University, such as their offer letter and accommodation information. Application times for visas to study in the UK vary, depending on the country of origin and the time of year. Make sure that your son or daughter applies as early as possible to avoid any delay to their departure.
11 Some young people are more independent than
others, but all will settle in to university life more easily if they have certain basic practical skills, such as being able to do their own laundry, clean their room and cook a few basic meals. Find out more www.southampton.ac.uk/study/keydates key dates for the academic year at the University of Southampton www.southampton.ac.uk/accommodation information about arriving at halls and a list of suggestions of what students should bring with them www.susu.org Southampton University Students’ Union website, with information and advice about Freshers’ Week www.international.susu.org dedicated Students’ Union website for international students
Living and learning at Southampton is an enriching experience
The city of Southampton
A thriving, modern city, Southampton is steeped in history and culture. It offers all the facilities and convenience of an urban centre, yet it is one of the UK’s greenest cities, with the added pleasures of a coastal location and a beautiful national park less than half an hour away. City The city has numerous parks and open spaces, including Southampton Common, situated next to three of our campuses, which boasts 326 acres (1.3km2) of public open space. Southampton is home to one of the UK’s largest shopping centres, WestQuay, and both the city centre and the waterfront marina offer a range of independent shops, as well as restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and clubs. With cinemas, theatres, galleries and museums, the city offers a rich assortment of cultural attractions. Sports enthusiasts will also have ample opportunity to indulge their interests. The waterfront location provides countless opportunities for sport and leisure, with a wide range of water sports to appeal to amateurs, competitors and spectators alike. The city also has a swimming and diving complex, a municipal golf course and a sports centre with dry ski slope, all-weather pitches, cross-country routes and tennis courts. Hampshire Cricket Club and Southampton Football Club provide great live sporting action. Southampton is a vibrant centre for entertainment and the arts. The Mayflower is the largest theatre in southern England, staging West End musicals, ballet, opera, comedy and pantomime, while the City Art Gallery has been described by The Independent as “one of the best places outside London to see British modern art”. Winchester also enjoys a wide range of cultural attractions, with its eleventh-century cathedral, arts centre, cinema, two theatres and numerous museums and galleries. There is free or discounted student admission at most venues.
Region Winchester, once the capital of England, now home to the University’s Winchester School of Art, has a rich cultural heritage and lively city atmosphere, with galleries, museums, theatres, cinema and arts centre, as well as a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. The New Forest National Park is the largest unenclosed area in southern England, where ponies, deer and cattle graze freely in an environment that remains unchanged by the modern world. Less than half an hour from Southampton, the New Forest stretches for 145 square miles (375km2), with open heaths and beautiful forest landscapes. As well as walking, cycling, horse riding and countless other leisure activities, the park has gardens, museums, galleries and historic houses to explore. The coastal resorts of Bournemouth and Poole, with their stunning sandy beaches, are both nearby, and a short ferry ride takes you to the Isle of Wight, which hosts the UK’s largest sporting event after the London Marathon – over 1,000 yachts and 8,500 competitors take part in Skandia Cowes Week. Transport links With central London and Heathrow International Airport just over an hour away, it is easy to see how well connected Southampton is. The city has two railway stations, and direct trains run to Scotland, South Wales and all major regions of England, including London. Southampton also has its own airport, servicing more than 30 national and international destinations.
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